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WestJet pilots union vote results expected today

The results of a two-week vote on whether WestJet pilots will form the company's first union are expected today.


August 5, 2015
By The Canadian Press

The airline’s roughly 1,300 pilots have been voting by secret ballot on whether to recognize the WestJet Professional Pilots Association as their official bargaining unit.

WestJet has been growing in recent years, opening new offices in Toronto and Vancouver while expanding its routes, including its first trans-Atlantic flights last year.

The association says it’s time the company’s pilots are represented through a certified union as WestJet grows.

WestJet has said it believes the fact that it has a non-union workforce gives it a competitive advantage, adding that collective bargaining could lead to service disruptions and increased labour costs.

Last week, WestJet CEO Gregg Saretsky said he doesn’t believe the company’s relationship with its workers will change, regardless of the outcome of the vote.